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Small group leaders, pastors, and more discussing strategies for growth and community in church groups. The Small Group Network is an international ministry that equips churches to engage in deeper discipleship and community.

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Should Small Groups Meet Over Summer?

June 1st, 2022

32:29

Steve Gladen, Global Small Groups Pastor at Saddleback Church, pulls from his 20+ years of small group ministry experience to encourage and equip …

Small Groups: 10 Principles of Exponential Thinking

May 4th, 2022

54:28

Steve Gladen, Global Small Groups Pastor at Saddleback Church, pulls from his 20+ years of small group ministry experience to encourage and equip …

The Reading Lenz with Nick Lenzi has moved!

April 27th, 2022

0:39

We are excited to announce some big changes to Reading Lenz, our monthly podcast by Nick Lenzi. Nick's show is graduating to its own channel and changing its name! Search for The Group Takeaways With Nick Lenzi in your …

Leadership Journey With Bill Search: Featuring John Ortberg - Now On A New Channel

April 20th, 2022

0:43

Exciting news, everybody! Bill Search's podcast "Leadership Journey" has moved! It is now its own podcast on its own channel. Go to https://share.transistor.fm/s/b7e1a4de or search for "Leadership Journey with Bill …

Carolyn's Show Has Moved!

April 13th, 2022

0:33

If you're looking for the latest episode of Here To There with Carolyn Taketa, it has moved! Carolyn's show has grown enough to get it's own channel. …

5 Areas to Reimagine Coaching

April 6th, 2022

1:06:07

In this episode, Steve Gladen breaks down 5 areas where ministry leaders can re-imagine how they do coaching for their groups ministry. The following …

5th Wednesday: Crawl, Walk, Or Run Into The Future Of Small Groups

March 30th, 2022

52:11

The Small Group Network is celebrating its 15th anniversary! Steve Gladen and James Browning look at the history of the small group network and what …

READING LENZ: What It Takes To Be Successful w/ Peter Englert

March 23rd, 2022

41:45

Each of us sets out to be successful but who defines what it means to be successful? How do we get there? The answer may surprise you. In this …

LEADERSHIP JOURNEY: Coaching Leaders of Tired Groups - Part 2

March 16th, 2022

21:35

Show Notes:
The Art of Gathering: How we meet and why it matters by Priya Parker 

The Essential Guide for Small Group Leaders by Bill Search
Why does a group get tired? 

•Leader begins to coast
•Meeting becomes routine

HERE TO THERE: Leading Millennials and Gen Z in the Church

March 9th, 2022

48:40

What are younger generations looking for from churches, small groups, and leaders? What are some unique markers of this generation? What does it look like for them to deconstruct their faith? Join us for this …

INSIDE SADDLEBACK: Back to the Future

March 2nd, 2022

33:59

In each "Inside Saddleback" Group Talk Podcast episode we feature four unique segments: Saddleback Scoop, Network Nugget, Leadership Learning and the …

READING LENZ REWIND: On Homecoming and Belong

February 23rd, 2022

43:11

When faced with an enviable challenge, how can we best use community to drive us to unity instead defaulting back to our standard of individuality?

LEADERSHIP JOURNEY: Coaching Leaders of Tired Groups - Part 1

February 16th, 2022

24:24

Show Notes:
The Art of Gathering: How we meet and why it matters by Priya Parker 

The Essential Guide for Small Group Leaders by Bill Search
Why does a group get tired? 

•Leader begins to coast
•Meeting becomes routine

HERE TO THERE: How to Sustain a Healthy Marriage While in Ministry

February 9th, 2022

1:21:12

Guests: Rex & Andrea Minor 


Intro:  

How has your marriage been impacted by working at a church? How are you navigating the unique stressors of vocational ministry and its influence on your marriage? What are some …

INSIDE SADDLEBACK: 3 Areas for your Groups to Shine in 2022 - UNITY, DIVERSITY & CIVILITY

February 2nd, 2022

49:31

In each "Inside Saddleback" Group Talk Podcast episode we feature four unique segments: Saddleback Scoop, Network Nugget, Leadership Learning and the …

READING LENZ: Creating Group Habits

January 26th, 2022

45:20

Why are habits the best way to build consistency inside your groups? Join us for this month's episode of Reading Lenz as host Nick Lenzi is joined by Amber Walker to breakdown the New Times #1 Best Seller Atomic Habits …

HERE TO THERE: Bible Recap & D-Groups

January 12th, 2022

44:59

Do you "want to want to read the Bible?" Do you or your groups struggle to incorporate Bible reading as a regular habit? We talk with Tara-Leigh …

INSIDE SADDLEBACK: 4 Musts to Make 2022 Successful

January 5th, 2022

42:36

In each "Inside Saddleback" Group Talk Podcast episode we feature four unique segments: Saddleback Scoop, Network Nugget, Leadership Learning and the …

Small Group Stories

December 29th, 2021

54:43

Has your life been changed by a small group? Do you know someone else who has been transformed? Love God Greatly is a ministry that creates and translates Bible studies in 40 different languages. James Browning …

READING LENZ: 2021 Year End Review

December 22nd, 2021

19:43
On this final episode of the year we pause to reflect on our learnings and takeaways from the 12 episodes we did this year. Below you can find all episodes from this past year:   January - Creativity Inc. - 

HERE TO THERE: Book Talk - Live No Lies by John Mark Comer w/ Andrew Camp and Nick Lenzi

December 8th, 2021

1:00:29
Join us for an honest and engaging conversation about NY Times bestseller, "Live No Lies, Recognize and Resist the Three Enemies that Sabotage Your Peace."  Author and pastor John Mark Comer says "the problem isn't that …

INSIDE SADDLEBACK: Get ready 2022—Lobby!—6 Questions to Survive the Attacks—2 Duties of Leadership

December 1st, 2021

42:05
In each "Inside Saddleback" Group Talk Podcast episode, we feature 4 unique segments:  Saddleback Scoop, Network Nugget, Leadership Learning and the Trending Topic. In this exciting new episode, we cover the …

READING LENZ: How To Host Friends w/ Guest Sarah Neral

November 24th, 2021

1:12:27

Do you remember your first night at group? Do you remember the message you talked about? Or do you remember how they made you feel? 

We often overlook how we are intentionally welcoming those new to our community and …

HERE TO THERE: 5 Things Not to Do when Coaching Group Leaders (Replay)

November 10th, 2021

44:10
Guest: Allen White    Bio: Allen White has led small group and discipleship ministries for over 30 years. He has coached over 1,500 churches and is the author of four books including his latest book, Leading Online …

INSIDE SADDLEBACK: Fall Updates, Growth Spurt, What’s the Path, 3 Must Have Answers, CRT

November 3rd, 2021

47:00
In each "inside Saddleback" Group Talk Podcast episode, we feature four unique segments:  Saddleback Scoop, Network Nugget, Leadership Learning and the Trending Topic. In this exciting new episode, we cover the …

READING LENZ: Making Ideas Stick w/ JW Hilliard

October 27th, 2021

46:26

As groups people we are always faced with the challenge to communicate ideas, tips, and hacks to help our people lead to the best of their abilities. So how do we communicate those ideas so that they will stick? What is …

HERE TO THERE: Leading Married Couples Groups – Key Practices For Making Them Better

October 13th, 2021

51:16

Couples groups are uniquely positioned to positively influence individuals and strengthen marriages as marital issues are shared in an environment of grace and trust. What are tips for leading couples groups that build …

INSIDE SADDLEBACK: New Launch Ideas, Networking 101, Dream Management, The Bible is HOT!

October 6th, 2021

41:33
In each "inside Saddleback" Group Talk Podcast episode, we feature four unique segments:  Saddleback Scoop, Network Nugget, Leadership Learning and the Trending Topic.   In this exciting new episode, we cover the …

HOW TO BE A SMALL GROUP LEADER: Part 5 w/ Shelley Leith

October 2nd, 2021

32:10

Are you a small group leader? Or considering becoming a small group leader? Whether you have years of experience or you've been asked to give church groups a try for the first time, this is our miniseries on How To Be A …

HOW TO BE A SMALL GROUP LEADER: Part 4 w/ Jay Kranda

October 2nd, 2021

27:52

Are you a small group leader? Or considering becoming a small group leader? Whether you have years of experience or you've been asked to give church groups a try for the first time, this is our miniseries on How To Be A …

HOW TO BE A SMALL GROUP LEADER: Part 3 w/ Jon Laster

September 29th, 2021

25:05

Are you a small group leader? Or considering becoming a small group leader? Whether you have years of experience or you've been asked to give church groups a try for the first time, this is our miniseries on How To Be A …

HOW TO BE A SMALL GROUP LEADER: Part 2 w/ JT Black

September 29th, 2021

31:42

Are you a small group leader? Or considering becoming a small group leader? Whether you have years of experience or you've been asked to give church groups a try for the first time, this is our miniseries on How To Be A …

HOW TO BE A SMALL GROUP LEADER: Part 1 w/ Joel Donis

September 29th, 2021

26:58

Are you a small group leader? Or considering becoming a small group leader? Whether you have years of experience or you've been asked to give church groups a try for the first time, this is our miniseries on How To Be A …

READING LENZ: The Other Half of The Church

September 22nd, 2021

1:16:33
This month we cover the breakout book, The Other Half of The Church, which has taken the Small Group Network by storm. Join our host Nick Lenzi and guest Tommy Carreras as they help us understand how we can activate our …

HERE TO THERE: Creating Community: Five Keys to Building a Thriving Small Group Culture

September 8th, 2021

1:02:06

A lot has changed since Creating Community, by Andy Stanley and Bill Willits was published 16 years ago describing the North Point Church's vision …

READING LENZ: Don't Be The Hero

August 25th, 2021

41:50

Being someone in ministry the desire is in all of us to be the one that rescues others, provides them the support, and gives them care they deserve. But in the books, we cover this month on Reading Lenz we discover that …

HERE TO THERE: Workplace Small Groups

August 11th, 2021

48:26
How can we help people integrate their faith and build community in their workplaces? What is the role of work in our lives? Why is workplace …

READING LENZ: Being Ted Lasso with Your Small Groups

July 28th, 2021

1:05:17

Description:  This month we take a break from reading to tackle the breakout TV show Ted Lasso. We have so much to learn from Ted Lasso. He’s the ideal small group point person. He’s humble, curious, and timely. My …

HERE TO THERE: Building a Multiethnic Church or Small Group - Why It Matters and First Steps Toward an Integrated Gospel Community

July 14th, 2021

49:14

How do we move from a homogenous church or group to one that welcomes full participation of people from different ethnicities? Why is it so important …

INSIDE SADDLEBACK: The 5 R’s of Summer

July 7th, 2021

45:04

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5th Wednesday: Aligning Small Groups With Church Communications

June 30th, 2021

41:08

How aligned in your small groups ministry with the rest of your staff? Many in ministry struggle with "buy-in" from senior leadership. But James Browning takes a fairly deep dive into the idea that small group point …

READING LENZ: The Art of the Gathering

June 23rd, 2021

29:12

Our small group gatherings shouldn't be repetitive and predictable but rather places where our members and guest can be known and flourish. his …

HERE TO THERE: Discipling MS & HS Students Through Small Groups

June 9th, 2021

57:49
Guests:  From Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, CA  Britt Vargas, High School Ministry Director - brittany.vargas@calvarywestlake.org

READING LENZ: Eliminating Church Silos

May 26th, 2021

38:21
Do you ever feel the ministry you run and the church you work for are on different pages? Or maybe your small groups and care group are fighting for the same leaders? Join us this month as we welcome Nick Schonlau from …

HERE TO THERE: Introducing Our New SGN Development Pastor!

May 12th, 2021

44:37
Guest: James Browning    Bio: James Browning is the new Pastor of Small Group Network Development. He has over 10 years of marketing and digital evangelism experience both in the church world and the corporate space. He …

READING LENZ: How To Lead When You're Not In Charge

April 28th, 2021

43:56
This month Andrew Camp rejoins Reading Lenz to break down the book How to Lead When You Are Not in Charge by Clay Scroggins   Next month's …

HERE TO THERE: How and Why People Connect into Groups w/ Steve Curran

April 14th, 2021

47:28

Steve Curran has been involved in leading small groups for more than 20 years. Currently, he is the Community Pastor at Compassion Christian Church, …

READING LENZ: The Benefits of Thinking Like a Franchise Part 2

April 1st, 2021

22:49

We're back again this week with Reading Lenz and guest Chris High of Hoboken Grace for part 2 of the book E-Myth Revisted by Michael Gerber. In this episode we talk about organizational structure for the core team that …

READING LENZ: The Benefits of Thinking Like A Franchise Part 1

March 24th, 2021

44:24

This week we have on Lead Pastor Chris High of Hoboken Grace Community Church in Hoboken, NJ. Together we breakdown the book E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber. Join us as we share about our journey as a church plant in …

HERE TO THERE: Why Churches Need Support & Recovery Groups

March 10th, 2021

39:53
Guest: Greg Anderson   

Greg is originally from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and has been in full-time church-based ministry since 1996 as a small …

READING LENZ - How FBI Negotiations Apply to Small Groups

February 24th, 2021

43:08
Description:    This month's guest is Peter Englert from Browncoft Church in Rochester, NY. Peter serves as the Adult Ministries Director and is a …

HERE TO THERE: Digital Disciple Making

February 10th, 2021

39:41
Bio: 

Since 2017, Bart has been serving at Traders Point Christian Church, a multi-site congregation in Indianapolis, IN with 5 campuses, as their …

Reading Lenz: What Pixar Teaches Us About Small Groups

January 27th, 2021

46:27
This month SGN's own Daniel Thomas joins the show to breakdown the book Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True …

LEADERSHIP JOURNEY: Keys To a Better Year

January 20th, 2021

28:54

Bill discusses author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’s newest book and how to have a much better 2021.

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HERE TO THERE: How to Engage Your Senior Pastor In Groups w/ Allen White

January 13th, 2021

37:59

How engaged is your senior pastor in the small groups ministry? When senior leadership is on board and talking often about groups from the platform, the church is likely to make groups a higher priority and will have …

READING LENZ: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

December 23rd, 2020

42:13
This month Erin Burton from Downtown Community Church in Jersey City, NJ stops by to breakdown the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. Tune in as we share how we can …

LEADERSHIP JOURNEY: 10 Commitments for 2021

December 16th, 2020

20:27

It’s that time of year when we look forward to new possibilities. Some call them “resolutions.” At some point as 2020 wraps up and we look forward …

HERE TO THERE: Bi-vocational Pastors and Why You Want Them in Your Groups Ministry

December 9th, 2020

36:40
Since 2014, Peter Clow has served as a bi-vocational Discipleship Pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church in New Hampshire. He oversees the small groups ministry and also serves on the Senior Leadership Pastoral team, …

READING LENZ: Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging with Tommy Carreras

November 25th, 2020

44:33
Show Notes:   This month on Reading Lenz we cover Tribe by Sebastian Junger. Join us as we learn how modernity is affecting community. Our guest Tommy Carreras from Mission Ventura will be with us helping break down …

HERE TO THERE: How Do Leaders and Groups Learn Best? w/ Josh Rose, PhD

November 11th, 2020

37:52
Topic:  Here are some questions we address in this episode:  What is learning theory and how does it apply to small groups? What needs to be in place …

READING LENZ: Canoeing the Mountain w/ Kiersten Telzerow

October 28th, 2020

42:53
This month on Reading Lenz we cover Canoeing the Mountain by Tod Bolsinger. Join us as we learn how to navigate uncharted territory of small group …

LEADERSHIP JOURNEY: The Problem of Discipleship

October 21st, 2020

22:32

The leadership journey requires a clear destination, otherwise we aren’t on a journey we’re just wandering around. Small groups have always been portrayed as an integral part of making discipleship. But what does that …

HERE TO THERE: Mental Health – Can Anyone be in a Small Group?

October 14th, 2020

55:27

Dr. David Wang is a licensed psychologist and associate professor of psychology and pastoral counseling at the Rosemead School of Psychology, at …

READING LENZ: Extreme Ownership

September 23rd, 2020

50:22
This month on Reading Lenz we are covering the book Extreme Ownership by two former Navy SEALS, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. Jocko and Leif share …

LEADERSHIP JOURNEY: Developing the Next Generation of Leaders

September 16th, 2020

32:07

Guests: Nick & Marjorie Allan, pastors at The Well Sheffield, England and authors of the new book The XYZ of Discipleship: Understanding and Reaching Generations Y & Z.

Nick and Marjorie have served churches in …

HERE TO THERE: Leading Small Groups that Thrive

September 9th, 2020

51:35

We talk with the authors of a compelling new book, "Leading Small Groups that Thrive: Five Shifts to take your group to the next level." Based on extensive research, this book provides insights and practical how-tos on …

READING LENZ: Daring Greatly

August 26th, 2020

42:06
This month's Reading Lenz features an insightful discussion regarding the modern classic "Daring Greatly" by Dr. Brene Brown. Host Nick Lenzi joins …

HERE TO THERE: Online Training for Leaders - Why, How, & What

August 12th, 2020

44:56
TOPIC:  With so many churches still unable to host large gatherings in person, creating a robust online training is both a necessity and a wise strategy. So what are the elements of an effective online training …

INSIDE SADDLEBACK: What are the New Wineskins?

August 5th, 2020

38:29

Guidelines for Getting Together For Saddleback Church Small Groups

Gathering together in large groups is still in the future. The natural question at this stage of the COVID-19 crisis is, "Can we begin to gather in …

Here To There: What's next? Thinking through SG ministry in the "new normal"

July 15th, 2020

49:34
TOPIC: What’s next for our small groups ministries? How do we go from all the uncertainty of this time - "here" - and move to where we want to go …

7 COVID Re-entry Musts for the Small Group Point Person

June 17th, 2020

31:19

Align: Learning Small Group Ministry Essentials - this new online training course is now open for enrollment! 

7 COVID re-entry Musts for the Small …

Developing an Anti-Racist Culture in Your Small Group

June 10th, 2020

39:44

Amber has an educational background in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology. She has been working in Group Life on staff at the Church at Severn Run …

10 Commandments for Your Small Groups During Covid-19

May 13th, 2020

33:43

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Tips for Overcoming Video Conferencing Fatigue

April 23rd, 2020

37:58
In our "new normal" during this Covid-19 pandemic, we are spending many hours online, staring at screens. With all our small group gatherings, leader trainings, staff and ministry meetings, and family times all …

Protecting Your Mental Health & Helping Your Leaders Thrive Emotionally During COVID-19

April 1st, 2020

49:54

Bio: Dr. Susan Cha is a licensed clinical psychologist with thirty years of experience working in various settings: university counseling centers, …

BOOK TALK: Free to Focus by Michael Hyatt

March 11th, 2020

39:43

Guests: Nick Lenzi and Andrew Camp

Andrew Camp is currently the Spiritual Growth Pastor at Mountain Life Church in Park City, Utah, where he has served since 2016 and contributes monthly to the Small Group Network blog.

INTERVIEWS: Using the Enneagram in Groups w/ Chris Surratt

February 12th, 2020

37:06
 Do you want to increase your self-knowlege and empathy for others? How can we use this popular personality typology tool to know ourselves and …

STEVE GLADEN: The 5 Benefits of Belonging

January 22nd, 2020

33:48

On this brand new GroupTalk format, Steve Gladen talked about the 5 Benefits of Belonging. Make sure you check out the links below for the great blog that goes along with it.

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BONUS EPISODE: Previewing New GroupTalk Show!

January 15th, 2020

11:33

New and exciting things are coming to GroupTalk in 2020! Listen as Steve Gladen shares his heart for the new GroupTalk show.

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Vision For Breakthrough In Your Small Group Ministry w/ Steve Gladen

January 8th, 2020

36:31

https://www.smallgroupnetwork.com

Steve Gladen is the Global Pastor of Small Groups at Saddleback Church since 1998. He oversees the strategic launch …

7 Ways The SGN Can Supplement Your Small Group Ministry w/ Derek Olson

December 4th, 2019

45:03

Derek serves as pastor of small group network development at Saddleback church in Lake Forest, CA. He has been active in leading small group ministry …

7 Childcare Solutions for Small Groups w/ Derek Olson

November 14th, 2019

43:47

Bio:

Derek serves as pastor of small group network development at Saddleback church in Lake Forest, CA. He has been active in leading small group …

Issues Related to Multi-Ethnic Church and Small Groups

October 23rd, 2019

51:39

Rev. David Myles is the Life Groups & Leader Development Pastor at New Hope Church in New Hope, MN. David is passionate about the expository preaching of the Word of God, ministering through the Word, and training …

Examining 10 Common Assumptions of Small Group Ministry (Part 2)

August 29th, 2019

35:26

Guest: Will Johnston Bio: After graduating from Wheaton College with a degree in theology, Will moved to Washington DC and started working on …

Examining 10 Common Assumptions of Small Group Ministry (Part 1)

August 21st, 2019

33:21

 

Guest: Will Johnston

After graduating from Wheaton College with a degree in theology, Will moved to Washington DC and started working on Capitol …

Training New Group Leaders: When, Why, What, and How

July 25th, 2019

33:56

Guests on the Panel:

Bill Search is the author of Essential Guide for Small Group Leaders and Simple Small Groups. Currently serving as Executive Pastor of Ministries at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City. 

 

Team Retreats: The Why, What, and How w/ Amy Jackon (Part 2)

June 28th, 2019

32:20
We all need time away to recharge and be filled by God. Retreats with your staff and/ or key volunteers are a great way to value and invest in the …

Team Retreats: The Why, What, and How w/ Amy Jackson (Part 1)

June 19th, 2019

30:30
We all need time away to recharge and be filled by God. Retreats with your staff and/ or key volunteers are a great way to value and invest in the …

Book Talk - "We Need to Talk" by Celeste Headlee w/ Andrew Camp and Nick Lenzi

May 30th, 2019

25:55
Do you want to have conversations that matter? Conversations are critical to our ministry and our lives. But how effective are you at engaging, listening, empathizing, focusing, learning, and caring for people during …

Rick Warren: Small Groups & the Coming Societal Trends (Part 2)

May 8th, 2019

23:26

Pastor Rick Warren was this year’s keynote speaker at the “Lobby Gathering,” one of the nation’s premier small group training events. To listen to part 2 of this 2 part exclusive podcast, just click the play button at …

Rick Warren: Small Groups & the Coming Societal Trends (Part 1)

April 24th, 2019

29:34

Pastor Rick Warren was this year’s keynote speaker at the “Lobby Gathering,” one of the nation’s premier small group training events. Enjoy part 1 of this 2 part exclusive podcast.

 

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Identifying and Recruiting New Leaders [Podcast]

March 27th, 2019

41:03
A panel discussion on how to overcome the typical barriers of getting new leaders, and how to identify, invite, and recruit new people to lead groups. Group Talk Podcast Panelists: Bill Search - Author of "Essential …

Small Groups For Singles [Podcast]

February 25th, 2019

31:58

Between people marrying at older ages or never marrying, co-habitation, and divorce rates, there is a large increasing population of singles in our …

Steve Gladen: Making Key Decisions for Critical Impact [PODCAST]

January 28th, 2019

34:56

This podcast focuses on some key decisions that will have a critical impact on shaping the values, strategies, and culture of your groups ministry …

How Did You Do? Reflecting On Your 2018 [PODCAST]

December 10th, 2018

35:56

Guest: Reid Smith

Topic: How did you do? Year-end review of your church, ministry, and self.

  • Why reflect on the past year what to evaluate?

How To Craft a Small Group Agreement [PODCAST]

November 19th, 2018

36:09

Everyone enters a new small group with spoken and unspoken expectations. Small group agreements or covenants are a helpful tool to discuss and …

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters [PODCAST]

October 15th, 2018

33:56

This month's group talk podcast features an insightful discussion regarding the book "The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters" by Priya …

What Should Groups Study? w/ Chris Surratt

September 18th, 2018

30:42

Topic: A question we frequently field from our small group leaders is, "What should we study?" There is an overwhelming range of materials and topics …

Free Market Groups, Semester-Based Groups & Reaching Millennials: An Inside Look at National Community Church's Innovative Culture [PODCAST]

August 13th, 2018

32:53

This month, we take a look inside one of the most innovative "teaching churches" in America, National Community Church in Washington DC. They are well-known for establishing "Free market groups," semester-based groups, …

Steve Gladen: Ten Things To Consider When Recruiting Your Team [Podcast]

July 9th, 2018

41:02
Who do you want on your team? And how do you recruit people to join you? Small groups ministry cannot be done by yourself. We all need a team of people with different personalities, gifts, and skills to build a thriving …

Joel Comiskey: Increasing Evangelism in Small Groups [Podcast]

June 11th, 2018

33:37

Since evangelism is critical part of discipleship, it is typically a high value for our churches. However, practically speaking, many of our groups …

Carl George: The Past, Present & Future of Small Groups Ministry [Podcast]

May 17th, 2018

33:02
Pioneer of small groups ministry in the United States, Carl George has been an influential voice in churches for decades. Here, Carl shares his thoughts on the small groups movement over the years including trends, …

New Group Talk Podcast: Biblical Engagement in Small Groups

April 19th, 2018

37:06
The New Group Talk Podcast

Welcome to the new "Group Talk Podcast!" In this month's episode you will notice these exciting new updates...

  • An updated …

Group Talk Podcast: Live with Steve Gladen from the "Lobby Gathering"

March 22nd, 2018

53:27
Pastor Steve Gladen answers questions submitted from the 2018 SoCal "Lobby Gathering" participants on a variety of small groups ministry issues such …

Top 5 Things Not To Do When Coaching Small Group Leaders [Podcast]

February 25th, 2018

40:13
We would all agree that small group leaders need the support, mentoring, and care that a coaching system can provide, but it continues to be an area …

The "Hot Topics" of Small Groups Ministry [Podcast]

January 23rd, 2018

26:53
Q Do you ever wonder if the issues in your small groups ministry are unique to your environment? Q Are you curious to know if others are dealing with …

Steve Gladen: Maximizing Your Small Group Budget [Podcast]

December 18th, 2017

40:37
Q Do you serve as a Small Group Point Person in your local church? Would you like to learn how to maximize your small group ministry budget for this …

Top 5 Sticky Issues in Small Groups [2 Part Series Podcast]

November 21st, 2017

34:19

Are you dealing with any sticky issues within your small group ministry? If so, you've come to the right place!

With more than 20 years of small groups ministry experience, Bill Search has led the discipleship charge in …

Daniel Im: 5 Small Shifts To Transform Your Small Group Ministry

October 21st, 2017

44:29
Have you ever wished that there was a miracle formula for small groups ministry? A silver bullet that would guarantee that everyone in your church …

5 Small Shifts to Transform Your Small Group Ministry [Podcast]

October 21st, 2017

38:24
Have you ever wished that there was a miracle formula for small groups ministry? A silver bullet that would guarantee that everyone in your church …

Doing Groups Ministry in a Multisite Context [Podcast]

September 19th, 2017

33:00

Q Do you serve in a local church ministry? Are you a small group point person? Are you doing groups in a multisite context? If your answer is yes to …

How to Launch New Groups and Find New Leaders [Podcast]

August 21st, 2017

38:04

If we were to ask you, “what are your top 3 challenges in your small groups ministry?” One of your answers would probably be related to getting new …

Leading from a Healthy Soul: How to Avoid Ministry Burnout [Podcast]

July 19th, 2017

34:35

Q Are you feeling burnt-out as a ministry leader? Q Do you know other ministry leaders who are on the edge of burn-out? If so, you've come to the right place...

The greatest gift you can give those you lead is your own …

The Nuts & Bolts of Sermon-Based Curriculum for Small Groups [Podcast]

June 25th, 2017

42:06

"What will our groups study?" This is a common question in groups ministry and one that is critically important in shaping the dynamics and discipleship process of a group. The sermon based model has been increasingly …

Small Group Terminology: Reconsidering Common Terms Used in Groups Ministry [Podcast]

May 8th, 2017

35:26

Words are powerful. As small group pastors and directors, a critical part of our role is to use words to shape vision, empower, encourage, and …

Women in Leadership: Practical Issues Affecting Both Men and Women in Ministry [Podcast]

April 13th, 2017

59:46

What does it take for women to flourish in ministry?  If you or anyone on your team are asking these questions, then you’ve come to the right place!

Live from The Lobby Conference: Q&A with Steve Gladen

March 23rd, 2017

59:32

Steve Gladen has served as the Global Pastor of Small Groups at Saddleback Church since 1998. He oversees the strategic launch and development of …

Emerging Trends in Small Group Ministry with Mike Mack [Podcast]

February 21st, 2017

34:11

Q What are the emerging trends in small group ministry? How are millennials viewing small group ministry? What are wholistic small groups? If you or …

Steve Gladen - Are Both Pieces Working in Your Small Group Ministry?

January 31st, 2017

9:54

In this episode, Eric Falcinella asks Steve a very important question while he was sitting alone drinking a coffee at Starbucks. It was a great impromptu conversation. Enjoy!

 

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STEVE GLADEN: Three Seasons of Ministry: What I Wish I Had Known Pt 3 [Podcast]

January 26th, 2017

29:08

Three Seasons of Ministry: What I Wish I Had Known

Part 3: Sustaining 

Steve Gladen has served as the Global Pastor of Small Groups at Saddleback Church since 1998. He oversees the strategic launch and development of …

STEVE GLADEN: Three Seasons of Ministry: What I Wish I Had Known Pt 2 [Podcast]

January 17th, 2017

28:34

Three Seasons of Ministry: What I Wish I Had Known

Part 2: Stabilizing

Steve Gladen has served as the Global Pastor of Small Groups at Saddleback Church since 1998. He oversees the strategic launch and development of …

STEVE GLADEN: Three Seasons of Ministry: What I Wish I Had Known Pt 1 [Podcast]

January 10th, 2017

26:40

Three Seasons of Ministry: What I Wish I Had Known

Part 1: Starting

Steve Gladen has served as the Global Pastor of Small Groups at Saddleback Church since 1998. He oversees the strategic launch and development of over …

Northeast Online Huddle Discussion with Steve Gladen

December 19th, 2016

54:45

This is a special episode provided to us by the Northeast Regional Leader, Chip Kelly. To set this up, Chip Kelly hosted an online Huddle where he invited other leaders along with Steve Gladen to discuss topics and …

Small Group Metrics: What to Measure & Why with Bill Willits [Podcast]

December 12th, 2016

36:48

Q How do you measure the fruitfullnes of small group ministry? How do you decide what metrics to you use? If you or anyone on your team are asking …

Reid Smith – Discipleship through Small Groups Part 2 [Podcast]

November 4th, 2016

35:47

Q As a small group point person, how am I cultivating my own relationship with the Lord?

Q How do I create a culture of discipleship within my small …

The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership [Podcast]

November 4th, 2016

35:56

Q Do you desire to be the best leader you can be? Would you like to strengthen the weaker areas of your leadership? Do you want to influence people …

Reid Smith - Discipleship through Small Groups Part 1 [Podcast]

October 11th, 2016

34:20

Q How do you define discipleship? How do you know that people are actually being discipled through small groups? If you or anyone on your team is wrestling with these questions, you’ve come to the right place!

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Steve Gladen: 7 Ways to Lead Effective Small Group Ministry When Your Pastor May Not Be On Board [Podcast]

September 21st, 2016

30:43

Q How do you change culture & lead effective small group ministry when your lead pastor or senior leadership may not be entirely on board? How …

Small Groups vs Support Groups: What's the Difference? Part 2 [Podcast]

August 31st, 2016

30:41

Q What is the difference between small groups and support groups? How do we care for the people in our small groups in ways that are healthy without becoming therapists for them? How do we keep small groups on track for …

Small Groups vs Support Groups: What's the Difference? Part 1 [Podcast]

August 16th, 2016

29:37

Q What is the difference between small groups and support groups? How do we care for the people in our small groups in ways that are healthy without becoming therapists for them? How do we keep small groups on track for …

Busting Beyond The Bubble: Changing Your Methods to Recruit New Small Group Leaders [Podcast]

July 25th, 2016

39:12

Daniel Thomas is the Campus Pastor & Director of Adult Ministries at Highlands Fellowship Church in Abingdon, Virginia. Prior to that role, …

Casting the NET: The What, Why and How of ONLINE Groups [Podcast]

June 20th, 2016

37:53

If you are interested in learning about how online groups can help you & your church fulfill its mission of reaching the un-churched & making …

Small Groups, Big City [Podcast]

May 18th, 2016

35:30

The world is becoming increasingly complex, while at the same time becoming increasingly interconnected. The reality is that with each revolution the …

Introverts & Extroverts: How do our Personality Preferences Impact Our Leadership? [Podcast]

April 16th, 2016

30:36

Diversity is a beautiful thing. People, cultures, perspectives and ideas come in all shapes, sizes, colors and variations, adding tremendous depth …

Insights About Reaching Millennials From Two Millennials Pastors [Podcast]

March 24th, 2016

37:00

Millennials... Flaky. Inconsistent. Non-Commital. Inauthentic. Insert your own adjective here _______.  All terms frequently used when the millennial generation enters the conversation. However, even for as much as …

Best Small Group Systems For Your Church [Podcast]

February 20th, 2016

32:10

Albert Einstein once said, "everything must be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." When it comes to designing and implementing systems for your church's Small Groups Ministry, you'd be hard pressed to find …

What Do Small Groups Have in Common with Football? [Podcast]

January 25th, 2016

44:17

Building a team. Developing a playbook. Identifying wins. All fundamentals of any effective football team. But would you believe they're also some of …

Should I Stay or Should I Go? [Podcast]

December 11th, 2015

38:58

Neil Sedaka was right. Breaking up IS hard to do. But sometimes, breaking up is necessary. While Neil probably didn't have your small group in mind when he wrote his deceptively sweet heart break anthem in the 60's, he …

From The Front Row to The Fringes [Podcast]

November 23rd, 2015

33:23

Because we are all Small Groups Ministry practitioners on some level, it is easy to unwittingly assume that everyone else is just like... "us". They value what we value, think how we think, want what we want and respond …

Vulnerable Living, Vulnerable Leading [Podcast]

October 29th, 2015

35:45

Challenging seasons of life are inevitable. It is never a question of "if" they will occur, but rather "when". When life gets tough, it is often how we respond to the challenges we're faced with that shape us more than …

Cool Connections For A Sizzling Summer

September 18th, 2015

31:15

Summer is a time when is seems like everyone’s schedule gets turned upside down, making it hard for your groups to meet consistently. However, with …

Kay Warren - Mental Health and the Church

September 9th, 2015

1:00:02

Kay Warren is the co-founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA with her husband Rick Warren as well as the founder and advocate of the HIV & AIDS initiative at Saddleback and around the world. She is an …

Andrew Mason - Building from Ground Zero: Relaunching a Groups Ministry

September 9th, 2015

39:22

Many of us have stepped into existing small groups ministries to add new support, leadership and vision to what was already there. But what about creating a groups ministry at a church where one didn’t necessarily …

Daniel Im - Are Mid-Size Groups the Future of Group Life?

September 9th, 2015

44:49

Are you looking for the silver bullet for your groups ministry? Then keep looking, because this isn't the Group Talk for you. But if you're willing …

Steve Gladen - Strategic Planning for the New Year

September 9th, 2015

35:53

The sage prophet Benjamin Franklin once said "a failure to plan is a plan to fail." Every day of every year, teams and leaders across the world read that perennial quote in bewilderment, wondering "how did he KNOW?!?" …

Mark Howell - It's Summer but Fall is Coming: Five Essential Moves to Make Now

September 2nd, 2015

34:39

Listen to the host of Group Talk, Carolyn Taketa interview Mark Howell, the Pastor of Communities at Canyon Ridge Christian Church in Las Vegas, …

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